Grateful Dead Live at William and Mary College Hall on 1976-09-24
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Subject: Need some indication if all of this real now..
Yes, it is interesting to here
A Playing>Supplication >Playing
but not enough to favorite this
Subject: Virginia made a stronghold
We didn't hear a full SBD until 2012 and seems like the AUD wasn't well-traded either, though the Playin' into Supplication was common filler - in my trading circles anyway. They played Duke the night before. It's a looks-good-on-paper show and a must-hear-once (due to the Help>Slip>Franklins>MNS>Stella. Again, that's Franks into MNS into Stella...). Overall, though, it's an average '76 show, not in the top 20 [like, say 6/29 or 6/9].
First Set. Jer is very low in the mix and Bobby is basically missing until Sugaree when things get settled. Row Jimmy is not an engaging version in particular but Big River is major inventive - the old standby that always perked up Jer. Tennessee is sluggish - not my favorite from '76, with it's carousel solo, but I think some will dig this one. Playin' is solid but going into Supplication makes it interesting (they played it into Let it Grow when they were here in Tidewater in '86). Getting it there is a classic struggle and it's one of the many gotta-hear-onces. Back into Playin' it becomes very fluid and organic.
Second Set. Average stuff, slowly getting hotter, which really shows at Minglewood and a great Help on the Way. The post-Drums Slipknot! has an interesting, jazzy jam, making a half hour Help>Slip>Franks. The Franks is the actual meat and the show peak, going into Music Never Stopped. The rest is average with Around & Around slowed down and funkified.
1st Set: C+
2nd Set: B
Overall = 3½ stars
Help on the Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower>The Music Never Stopped - a helluva top-notch sequence
SOURCES: The AUD or Dave's 4 - which is patched with the AUD. The Playin' sandwich is on Spirit of '76.
Subject: Playing > Supp > Playing. Powerful and Unique !!!
I would love to have seen the interplay between The Guyz fighting it out for who's song was going to win the seque. You can clearly hear Bobby's Supplication rhythm gaining prominance while they're thumping it out at the end of the Playing Jam. So Phil and Jerry gave it up, and Bobby won the hand. :-)
Have you ever drawn a straight flush - all in a row - as you open the cards? I did once with Jack high diamonds. It's dumbfounding. I almost fell out of my chair. That's the way this feels. I just shake my head and laugh at how amazing the seque is into Supp. As a purely unique animal, it's what every trooblooo Head dreams of stumbling onto. And for the fact that they never did it again... they simply didn't need to. Thank god for this marvelous tape! The five stars is meant only for this magic moment in GD history.
The H/S/F is a good one. Drumz splitting up Slipknot in the second set makes for a nice change of routine in the rotation, but the rest of the show is only fair, or yes, "unremarkable." Add the H/S/F as filler to a few disks. Tatoo the Playing > Supp > Playing to the back of your skull !!!
William and Mary is a very high quality show. Playing in the Band sounds nice here as well as the H>S>F. The Other One was usually excellent in '76. Try 7/17.
Dark Star would have sounded nice in '76.
Subject: Liner notes quotes - Dave's Picks #4
Subject: I was there
Subject: No soundboard, but this will do!
I love Kieth Godchaux's piano work on this one. He leads the ban in several transitions and really displays his chops. Very cool.
Interesting, unique set list worthy of mention: Playin > Supplication > Playin and Help > Slip > Drums > Slip > Franklins > Music Never Stopped. WOW!
Subject: Whata hellova damn good show!
As a young dead head at 14, I definatly got my paws on a few bootlegs, Barton Hall '77, which happened to be 6 days after I was born, this show is up there in all qualities. As a matter of fact, this show musically, everyone is playing with a little "english" so to say. Jerry is adding in stuff, so is Keith, Bobby, Phil, everyone! Thats magical! Being a musician, I thought this show so far has my gratest approval! Enjoy what my hometown can and has offered all of us "Heads"....peace
I give this 5 stars for proformance inovation, and the quality takes me back for personal experience!
Subject: The Best Franklin's Tower Ever?
Subject: spirit of 76'
being 27 years old I can't coun this era as anything but history. Regardless, I have listened to the many years of Dead for a decade now! 1976 has made an impression as a spry and springy year. This show is heart melting and heart warming. The acid in the water is supper jazzy and even has some really cool break beats in the drumming. The playin-supp-playin is a genuine piece of musical brilliance. I have to say that I do like Donna and the TLEO is the best ever IMHO. Donna and Bob sing it like they mean it and the playing is soaring and swinging. The h-s-franks is freaking white hot... I had to explain to my girlfriend about how cool it is when the whole crowd cracks and sizzles like fireworks in the middle of an instrumental jam end of the world style. This show could STILL change your life. Must have!
Subject: Why the Grateful Dead didn't come back after 4/78
- [5.0 out of 5 stars] - August 26, 2005
Subject: Great Show
wish the powers in Colonial Williamsburg and at the College of William And Mary had a more permissive view of the scene and let the dead continue to play this venue as the accoustics seem better than those in the circular Hampton Coliseum.
To supply an answer to this comment, I know why The Grateful Dead had to move to Hampton in 1979. They never played William and Mary Hall again after someone at the College made the mistake of scheduling the April 78 concert the same weekend as Parent's weekend!
Yes, The Hall has great acoustics, and it was a shame. What's even more of a shame to me anyway, was I grew up within walking distance of the Hall and didn't get turned onto the Grateful Dead until just after the April 78 show. I saw other concerts there, but never the Grateful Dead. Hampton 79 was my full initiation, and it was a good one.
Subject: KEITH IS ON FIRE~~!!!
I have never heard Keith kick this much ass!!! I have only been listening to 77 and 78 and 80s Franks & TMNS, but this combination blew my mind! Keith has more improv on this one Franklins than he does in the entire first half of 1978. It's glorious, especially the end and the beginning of TMNS. Keith also puts an absolutely beautiful cherry on top of the stella, right at the end of the song. DOWNLOAD NOW, pref. from a high quality source! Not To Be Missed!! Keith far surpasses Jerry at this show.
Subject: Great show, so-so sound quality
Subject: Pretty good stuff
It's pretty good - the transition is interesting as one other person noted. However, Supplication itself is left to be desired - there are numerous versions out there that are tighter, the guys are on queue, they hit their lyrical and musical notes. But it's bearable. Worth adding it to your library. I may not download the entire show (4 star quality out of 5), but I will download these songs for the archive.
It's interesting that Jerry didn't necessarily want to go into Supplication, and he started playing the main Playin' theme right at the end of the first Playin song. The transition is pretty good but they do kind of ramble for a few minutes until they get straight up into Supp.
Also, the sound is kind of flat, Phil is barely audible.
Subject: This is a really great show ,
Subject: Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is what it's all about.
Subject: Great Show
Subject: yes yes yes
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